Cork football: Carbery Rangers back on track in the West Cork group of death

Cork football: Carbery Rangers back on track in the West Cork group of death
James Fitzpatrick, Carbery Rangers, getting away from Daniel O’Driscoll, Ilen Rovers, in the Premier SFC game at Leap. Picture: Dan Linehan

Carbery Rangers 0-14 Ilen Rovers 0-8

CARBERY Rangers reignited their Bons Secours Hospital Cork Premier SFC challenge as they finished well to see off Ilen Rovers in their group B clash at Leap on Saturday evening.

With the sides level at 0-6 each at half-time, Ross began the second half well with three unanswered scores before an Ilen revival from Stephen Leonard and sub Dan Mac Eoin left just a point in it.

However, despite having a man advantage following a black card, Ilen didn’t score again as the Rosscarbery club eased clear in the final quarter, with captain John O’Rourke finishing with four points from play for Haulie O’Sullivan’s side, who face Newcestown in their final group game in three weeks.

On a wet evening at Kilmacabea’s grounds, Ross – again missing the injured John Hayes – began well with points from Brian Shanahan and Séamus Hayes but Ilen looked to be finding a rhythm as Seán O’Donovan and the impressive Leonard got them off the mark.

While James Fitzpatrick and O’Rourke made it 0-4 to 0-2 for Ross, Ilen hit a purple patch coming up to the water break as O’Donovan, Kieran Lynch and Leonard had points to put them in front and pressure on the Ross kickout paid off after the resumption as Peter O’Driscoll set up Leonard for an excellent outside-of-the-boot pass.

That proved to be their final score of the half though and Ross foreshadowed their strong second-half finish as Shanahan’s direct ball to O’Rourke allowed him to get his second point and Hayes ensured that the sides were level at the interval.

Jack O’Regan, Carbery Rangers, holding off Paddy O’Driscoll, Ilen Rovers. Picture: Dan Linehan
Jack O’Regan, Carbery Rangers, holding off Paddy O’Driscoll, Ilen Rovers. Picture: Dan Linehan

A lovely move involving Jack O’Regan, Brian Hodnett and Fitzpatrick ended with O’Rourke getting his third point within a minute of the restart and Hayes got his third following nice interplay with Shanahan before adding a close-range free for a 0-9 to 0-6 lead, the biggest of the game up to that stage.

However, with Thomas O’Rourke black-carded, Ilen made inroads and Leonard’s fourth was followed by Mac Eoin announcing his arrival with a fine score, set up by another replacement, Dermot Hegarty.

Unfortunately for Ilen, the second-half water-break stunted their momentum and, after Jack O’Regan made it 0-10 to 0-8 following a Ross counter-attack, they were reduced to 14 men as Peadar O’Driscoll received a second yellow card.

Tom O’Rourke, Carbery Rangers, putting Ilen Rovers keeper Damien O’Sullivan under pressure. Picture: Dan Linehan
Tom O’Rourke, Carbery Rangers, putting Ilen Rovers keeper Damien O’Sullivan under pressure. Picture: Dan Linehan

That coincided with Thomas O’Rourke’s return, giving Ross the extra man, and Hayes and John O’Rourke made that count to open up a four-point lead while Ilen needed a good Damien O’Sullivan save to deny Ross’s Jerry O’Riordan a goal.

Shanahan extended the lead and, though Ross lost Hayes to a second booking, moments later Ilen’s Seán Minihane was black-carded, meaning the game finished with 14 against 13.

Brian Hodnett wrapped up the win for Ross with an injury-time point.

Scorers for Carbery Rangers: S Hayes 0-5 (0-3 f), J O’Rourke 0-4, B Shanahan 0-2 (0-1 45), B Hodnett, J O’Regan, J Fitzpatrick 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ilen Rovers: S Leonard 0-4, S O’Donovan 0-2 (0-1 f), K Lynch, D Mac Eoin 0-1 each.

CARBERY RANGERS: R Milner; R Hegarty, M O’Donovan, C Hennessy; P Hodnett, T O’Rourke, James O’Riordan; M Hodnett, J Fitzpatrick; A Jennings, J O’Rourke, B Shanahan; B Hodnett, S Hayes, J O’Regan.

Subs: Jerry O’Riordan for P Hodnett (41), C O’Donovan for O’Regan (57), P Hurley for O’Rourke (60).
ILEN ROVERS: D O’Sullivan; Paddy O’Driscoll, S Minihane, B Leonard; D O’Driscoll, C O’Driscoll, T O’Regan; J Sheehy, Peadar O’Driscoll; D Collins, K Lynch, Peter O’Driscoll; S Leonard, A O’Sullivan, S O’Donovan.

Subs: D Hegarty for Sheehy, D Mac Eoin for Lynch (both 44), Cian O’Driscoll for D O’Driscoll (52), M Bushe for O’Sullivan (55), H O’Neill for Collins (56).
Referee: C Dineen (Douglas).

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